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CLAUDINE BARRETTO CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY WITH MARJORIE, JULIA


Claudine Barretto celebrates her 36th birthday with Marjorie Barretto on Sunday. The two recently reconciled after a years-long rift, reportedly over Claudine's legal battles with estranged husband Raymart Santiago. Instagram/Claudine Barretto It looks like all is now well with sisters Claudine Barretto and Marjorie Barretto. In her Instagram posts on Sunday, Claudine revealed that she celebrated her 36th birthday with sister Marjorie and nieces Julia, Claudia and Dani. The actress is celebrating her 36th birthday on July 30. Claudine's parents Miguel and Inday Barretto and her brother, Mito, were also present during the celebration. "I'm so thankful for this day," the "Etiquette for Mistresses" star said in one of her Instagram posts. Marjorie also took to Instagram after celebrating Claudine's birthday. READ MORE...

ALSO: Wedding bells for Zsa Zsa Padilla, next year


Zsa Zsa Padilla with Conrad Onglao (Instagram) Zsa Zsa Padilla is set to walk down the aisle next year. The singer-actress’ boyfriend, architect Conrad Onglao, has revealed his wedding plans on “Kris TV” recently. “I want to get married in Florence. I’m taking her to Italy after her ‘ASAP’ show in London,” Onglao told host Kris Aquino. Apparently, Padilla have been asking about it. “Sabi niya, ‘Where’s my ring?’ Sabi ko it’s coming. I wanted to assure her. I said we are heading that way. (Because for me) It’s not something I take lightly. I just wanted for her to know that it’s the end goal.” Onglao attested to their children approving the matter. In fact, he shared, “Even my kids are always asking me when I’m going to get married. I said, ‘Why do you ask?’ Kasi daw I look so happy. So I said soon.” Padilla is thankful finding love in the arms of Onglao. “I prayed for somebody who would love and accept my kids. Siyempre he could easily choose someone who is dalaga. Sabi ko lang sana tanggapin na tatlo ang anak ko, and that I’m a working mother, somebody who would be caring enough. ’Yung qualities na gusto ko sa isang tao, nandoon sa kanya,” she said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Taking things one day at a time, and moving on


Zsa Zsa Padilla on relationship with architect Conrad Onglao: ‘I think we’ll get married, I think we’ll be ready for that soon, but I can’t say exactly when.’  After Dolphy, her partner of many years, passed away in July 2012, people wondered how Zsa Zsa Padilla was going to cope. Would she ever get over it? Would she ever allow herself to fall in love again? Then when architect Conrad Onglao came into her life, people were flooded with an instant sense of relief, and Zsa Zsa was just as happy. But for a time after Dolphy’s death, Zsa Zsa felt like she couldn’t work. She had to get back to a happy place and find inspiration first before she could even think about working again, especially doing soap operas, which can be very draining on the emotions. There were months, Zsa Zsa recalls, when she was just immobilized by sorrow. It may sound strange to those who are unfamiliar with the feeling or the situation of losing a loved one with whom one has spent more than 20 years of her life, but Zsa Zsa knows because it happened to her. READ MORE...

ALSO Karylle on Zsa Zsa's wedding plan: Hinihintay ko ang pamamanhikan


Karylle on her mom Zsa Zsa Padilla's reported wedding: Hinihintay ko ang pamamanhikan. Philstar.com/ Chuck Smith
Karylle doesn't want to commebt on her mom Zsa Zsa Padilla's reported wedding with architect Conrad Onglao in Italy. Reports about the said wedding came out after Zsa Zsa and Conrad's guesting in "Kris TV" on Monday, where the latter revealed he plans to marry the "Divine Diva" in Florence, Italy in 2016. "Siguro ang hinahanap ko ngayon pamamanhikan," replied Karylle when asked to comment about the wedding plan, in an interview on Thursday. "Strict parent ako, e, hihintayin ko 'yong pamamanhikan and doon pa lang ako magko-comment." She didn't deny that she likes Conrad for her mom, especially whenever she sees them happy together. As for her plans of having a baby with husband Yael Yuzon, Karylle said they've already talked about it but are not in a rush. "Nape-pressure ako dahil may nagtatanong everyday," she said, laughing. "May plano naman to have a child, pero we're preparing lang. We're not in a hurry." They even have several trips this year that they consider as a second honeymoon. One of their trips is in Paris where Yael will have his first international marathon. READ MORE...

ALSO: Kinabayo Festival in Dapitan City


Poster of Kinabayo Festival in Dapitan 
The annual Kinabayo Festival, which draws local and foreign guests to Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte this time of the year, is currently ongoing. The weeklong festival spearheaded by Dapitan City Mayor Rosalina Jalosjos started on July 16 and will culminate on July 25. Held daily are various activities, among them dance competitions, a traditional horse race, Moro-cross, beach volleyball and others. Highlight of the event is the coronation of Miss Dapitan City on July 23. Among the judges are Gil Wagas, Eva Patalinjug, Richard Hinola, Hilario Tamor, Jessy Salvador, and Godfrey Dimaandal. Hosts of the coronation program are JC Baron and Neil Perez, Mr. International 2014. READ MORE...

ALSO: Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby together


The cast of Written In Our Stars: (from left) Sam Milby,
Toni Gonzaga, Piolo Pascual and Jolina Magdangal 
No. This isn’t about anything except that the two ABS-CBN actors are in a soap together.
They star with Toni Gonzaga and Jolina Magdangal in Dreamscapes’ upcoming show Written In Our Stars on ABS-CBN. Andoy Ranay, who hopped over from Kapuso to Kapamilya (again!) directs the series from a Keiko Aquino teleplay. Toni, who recently wed longtime partner Paul Soriano, said that she would be playing a married lady on the show. The project was pitched to her early this year. Dreamscape announced the casting of the series on July 3 but left out details, like airing dates and on which time slot. The actors are had already been briefed about story and their characters. It is Jolina’s first time to work with Toni, Piolo and Sam after returning to the Kapamilya Network after years of being a Kapuso. Toni had worked with Sam in several movies and TV series on ABS-CBN. She is reunited with Piolo for the first time on TV after the box-office film Starting Over Again (Star Cinema) in 2014. Piolo and Sam will be working for the first time in a TV series. The two of them along with Toni are together in ASAP 20. READ MORE...

ALSO Barred from leaving: Singer Chris Brown still in the Philippines, faces $1-M estafa case


Chris Brown still in the country after his concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday due to an estafa case filed against him. AP/ File Photo
- Chris Brown is still in the country as he was barred to leave after his concert on Tuesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. This was after Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) legal counsel and Maligaya Development Corp. (MDC) Chief Operating Officer Glicerio Santos IV asked the assistance of Department of Justice (DOJ) to release a lookout bulletin against Brown and his promoter John Michael Pio Roda. The case stems from Brown's failure to perform at the INC's New Year's party at the Philippine Arena on Dec. 31,2014. READ MORE...


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Claudine Barretto celebrates birthday with Marjorie, Julia


Claudine Barretto celebrates her 36th birthday with Marjorie Barretto on Sunday. The two recently reconciled after a years-long rift, reportedly over Claudine's legal battles with estranged husband Raymart Santiago. Instagram/Claudine Barretto

MANILA, JULY 23, 2015 (PHILSTAR) Updated July 20, 2015 - 2:51pm  - It looks like all is now well with sisters Claudine Barretto and Marjorie Barretto.

In her Instagram posts on Sunday, Claudine revealed that she celebrated her 36th birthday with sister Marjorie and nieces Julia, Claudia and Dani.

The actress is celebrating her 36th birthday on July 30.

Claudine's parents Miguel and Inday Barretto and her brother, Mito, were also present during the celebration.

"I'm so thankful for this day," the "Etiquette for Mistresses" star said in one of her Instagram posts.

Marjorie also took to Instagram after celebrating Claudine's birthday.

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"They say time heals all wounds... But for the deeper and more painful wounds, I know only God in all his mighty power can heal my heart and Claudine's," she said on Monday.

"I realized last night, that God is greater and bigger than all the pride and [unforgivingness] we both had for each other. Happy, happy Birthday, Claudine! May this year be all about doors of opportunities opening up for you, lots of work, love and laughter," Marjorie added.

It can be remembered that Claudine had a falling out with Marjorie and Gretchen in 2013 following her legal battles with estranged husband Raymart Santiago.

But in early 2015, it was reported that Marjorie and Gretchen had misunderstanding with each other.

This was followed by talks of Claudine and Marjorie's reconciliation. Claudine attended the debut of Marjorie's daughter, Julia, in March 2015; the event became a reunion of sorts of the two as they have been estranged from each other since 2013.


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Wedding bells for Zsa Zsa Padilla by Yaggy Uson July 22, 2015


ZSA ZSA PADILLA

Zsa Zsa Padilla is set to walk down the aisle next year.

The singer-actress’ boyfriend, architect Conrad Onglao, has revealed his wedding plans on “Kris TV” recently.

“I want to get married in Florence. I’m taking her to Italy after her ‘ASAP’ show in London,” Onglao told host Kris Aquino.

Apparently, Padilla have been asking about it. “Sabi niya, ‘Where’s my ring?’ Sabi ko it’s coming. I wanted to assure her. I said we are heading that way. (Because for me) It’s not something I take lightly. I just wanted for her to know that it’s the end goal.”

Onglao attested to their children approving the matter. In fact, he shared, “Even my kids are always asking me when I’m going to get married. I said, ‘Why do you ask?’ Kasi daw I look so happy. So I said soon.”

Padilla is thankful finding love in the arms of Onglao.

“I prayed for somebody who would love and accept my kids. Siyempre he could easily choose someone who is dalaga. Sabi ko lang sana tanggapin na tatlo ang anak ko, and that I’m a working mother, somebody who would be caring enough. ’Yung qualities na gusto ko sa isang tao, nandoon sa kanya,” she said.

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Zsa Zsa Padilla with Conrad Onglao (Instagram)

She assured fans that she will continue working even after marriage.

“Pinag-usapan din talaga namin from the onset na I cannot stop working because I have children to take care of. Kailangan pa nila ng tulong ko kasi,” Padilla maintained.

Truth be told, Onglao likes it that Padilla wants to continue working.

He said, “I want her to be happy. If singing is what makes her happy, or acting, I said, ‘I’m just there to applaud you.’ I’m not going to take it away from her. Before I met her, she was already a very accomplished singer and actress. Why would I take that away from her?”

Prior, Onglao was married to interior designer Ivy Almario. They were divorced in the US and obtained a legal separation, and church annulment here in the Philippines. They have two sons.

Padilla, on the other hand, was the long-time partner of the late Comedy King Dolphy.


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Taking things one day at a time, and moving on DIRECT LINE By Boy Abunda (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 23, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Zsa Zsa Padilla on relationship with architect Conrad Onglao: ‘I think we’ll get married, I think we’ll be ready for that soon, but I can’t say exactly when.’

After Dolphy, her partner of many years, passed away in July 2012, people wondered how Zsa Zsa Padilla was going to cope. Would she ever get over it? Would she ever allow herself to fall in love again? Then when architect Conrad Onglao came into her life, people were flooded with an instant sense of relief, and Zsa Zsa was just as happy.

But for a time after Dolphy’s death, Zsa Zsa felt like she couldn’t work. She had to get back to a happy place and find inspiration first before she could even think about working again, especially doing soap operas, which can be very draining on the emotions. There were months, Zsa Zsa recalls, when she was just immobilized by sorrow. It may sound strange to those who are unfamiliar with the feeling or the situation of losing a loved one with whom one has spent more than 20 years of her life, but Zsa Zsa knows because it happened to her.

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“I realized that’s how it feels to lose a loved one, even if in your head, you know the reality that, that person is gone, there is a part of you that will always wait for him to come back,“ says Zsa Zsa. ‘’Ganun ka ng ganun, na parang hinihintay mo na biglang lalabas siya at sasabihin niya, ‘Uy, nandito na ako. Nagbakasyon lang ako...’ Ganyan. So that time, it was really difficult in the sense that I was like, still waiting for him (Dolphy) to return.”

But now, things are very different. Zsa Zsa has thankfully been able to move on, if slowly. One thing is for sure, however, and it’s that the state of her heart is definitely much better than it was two years ago.

“It’s good,” says Zsa Zsa. “I’m happy and contented.”

At the same time, she has learned to accept that in every life, there will always be challenges and that her struggle may not necessarily be over yet.

Despite that, she has regained some of her emotional balance and slowly returned to work; recently, she released a new album under the PolyEast Records label, aptly titled Beginnings.

The album — which coincides with this new beginning in Zsa Zsa’s personal life and career — is made up of selections of mostly love songs from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

The selections in the album were picked by both Zsa Zsa and Conrad together. “Actually, when we we’re in the car or whenever we’re together, and the radio is on, napapansin ko talagang nagre-react siya kapag ‘70s yung mga kanta, so that’s where we drew part of the inspiration from for this album,” says Zsa Zsa.

All the songs in the album are special to her, but there are some that are more special than others, like the Carpenters hit Rainy Days and Mondays.

According to Zsa Zsa, she always tries to make sure that whenever she releases a CD or does a concert, there is at least one Carpenters song in the line-up or repertoire. “I always try to make sure na meron akong remembrance sa kanila, because they were my first idols even before Barbra Streisand. They’ve been my favorite for the longest time, the Carpenters.

Maganda, actually, yung kantang ‘yan, inareglo ko, from before pa, kinakanta ko na siya. They’ve really made their own name because they really sound different, truly classic.”

But the album isn’t the only surprise Zsa Zsa has up her sleeve. Very soon, she will also be doing a concert also titled Beginnings and featuring her daughter Karylle and Martin Nievera as special guests.

By August, she will also begin taping for a new teleserye, something she is also very excited about. The first two weeks of the serye will be taped in New York, so the travel is like a bonus for her.

Right now, Zsa Zsa is just taking things one day at a time. Marriage? No, not yet. “Hindi pa naman,” she says. “I think we’ll get married, I think we’ll be ready for that soon, but I can’t say exactly when.”

All she knows is that she has embarked on this new beginning, and for now, that’s all that matters.


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Karylle on Zsa Zsa's wedding plan: Hinihintay ko ang pamamanhikan By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated July 23, 2015 - 6:27pm 1 127 googleplus0 0


Karylle on her mom Zsa Zsa Padilla's reported wedding: Hinihintay ko ang pamamanhikan. Philstar.com/ Chuck Smith

MANILA, Philippines - Karylle doesn't want to commebt on her mom Zsa Zsa Padilla's reported wedding with architect Conrad Onglao in Italy.

Reports about the said wedding came out after Zsa Zsa and Conrad's guesting in "Kris TV" on Monday, where the latter revealed he plans to marry the "Divine Diva" in Florence, Italy in 2016.

"Siguro ang hinahanap ko ngayon pamamanhikan," replied Karylle when asked to comment about the wedding plan, in an interview on Thursday. "Strict parent ako, e, hihintayin ko 'yong pamamanhikan and doon pa lang ako magko-comment."

She didn't deny that she likes Conrad for her mom, especially whenever she sees them happy together.

As for her plans of having a baby with husband Yael Yuzon, Karylle said they've already talked about it but are not in a rush.

"Nape-pressure ako dahil may nagtatanong everyday," she said, laughing. "May plano naman to have a child, pero we're preparing lang. We're not in a hurry."

They even have several trips this year that they consider as a second honeymoon. One of their trips is in Paris where Yael will have his first international marathon.

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Meanwhile, Karylle is still open to do a remake of her GMA fantasy series "Encantadia," which aired 10 years ago.

Since they're now in different networks, she hopes they can do a movie instead.

"It's still a dream project. Kasi when we were doing Encantadia series hindi namin siya nagawan ng movie. So I think it's still everyone's dream to immortalize it in a movie," she said.

But before doing any acting jobs, the "It's Showtime" host would like to focus first in the rerun of her concert "Next Attraction" together with Paolo Valenciano, Robin Nievera and Isabella Ledesma.

"We're just happy we got a lot of good feedback," she said about the concert's first run last July 4 at the Music Museum. "We are working on some things that needs improving and will gonna work on things that build up the show also."

The "Next Attraction The Rerun" will hapen on August 14 and 15, 8 p.m. at the Music Museum.


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Kinabayo Festival in Dapitan City By Isah V. Red | Jul. 22, 2015 at 05:20pm


Poster of Kinabayo Festival in Dapitan

The annual Kinabayo Festival, which draws local and foreign guests to Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte this time of the year, is currently ongoing.

The weeklong festival spearheaded by Dapitan City Mayor Rosalina Jalosjos started on July 16 and will culminate on July 25.

Held daily are various activities, among them dance competitions, a traditional horse race, Moro-cross, beach volleyball and others. Highlight of the event is the coronation of Miss Dapitan City on July 23.

Among the judges are Gil Wagas, Eva Patalinjug, Richard Hinola, Hilario Tamor, Jessy Salvador, and Godfrey Dimaandal. Hosts of the coronation program are JC Baron and Neil Perez, Mr. International 2014.

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Another exciting highlight of this year’s Kinabayo Festival is the World Costumes Festival. Svetlana Jalosjos-de Leon, VP-Sales and Marketing of Dakak Properties, said representatives from Japan and Indonesia – Kazue Hatano, Afif Ghurub Bestari and Eddy Suparyono – will join their Philippine counterparts in a workshop/lecture on culture and the arts.

The costumes made from the workshop will be among those to be worn during the World Costumes Festival Parade.

Performers during the Kinabayo Festival include Junior New System (Asia’s Got Talent 2015 finalist), July 23 at Brgy. Uno, Gloria de Dapitan; and Velocity X, July 23-24, also at Brgy. Uno.

Popular showbiz personalities are also expected to grace the festival.

Kinabayo Festival is sponsored by Tanduay, Gloria’s Fantasyland (the Philippines’ version of Disneyland and the only theme park in the Visayas and Mindanao), Dakak Park Beach Resort, Thea Complex, Ultra Mega, Kokuryu Cosmetics and Gloria’s Bowlodrome.


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Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby together By Isah V. Red | Jul. 22, 2015 at 05:00pm


The cast of Written In Our Stars: (from left) Sam Milby,
Toni Gonzaga, Piolo Pascual and Jolina Magdangal

No. This isn’t about anything except that the two ABS-CBN actors are in a soap together.

They star with Toni Gonzaga and Jolina Magdangal in Dreamscapes’ upcoming show Written In Our Stars on ABS-CBN.

Andoy Ranay, who hopped over from Kapuso to Kapamilya (again!) directs the series from a Keiko Aquino teleplay.

Toni, who recently wed longtime partner Paul Soriano, said that she would be playing a married lady on the show. The project was pitched to her early this year.

Dreamscape announced the casting of the series on July 3 but left out details, like airing dates and on which time slot.

The actors are had already been briefed about story and their characters.

It is Jolina’s first time to work with Toni, Piolo and Sam after returning to the Kapamilya Network after years of being a Kapuso.

Toni had worked with Sam in several movies and TV series on ABS-CBN. She is reunited with Piolo for the first time on TV after the box-office film Starting Over Again (Star Cinema) in 2014.

Piolo and Sam will be working for the first time in a TV series. The two of them along with Toni are together in ASAP 20.


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Singer Chris Brown still in the Philippines, faces $1-M estafa case (philstar.com) | Updated July 23, 2015 - 6:47pm 5 527 googleplus0 0


Chris Brown still in the country after his concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday due to an estafa case filed against him. AP/ File Photo


MANILA, Philippines - Chris Brown is still in the country as he was barred to leave after his concert on Tuesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

This was after Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) legal counsel and Maligaya Development Corp. (MDC) Chief Operating Officer Glicerio Santos IV asked the assistance of Department of Justice (DOJ) to release a lookout bulletin against Brown and his promoter John Michael Pio Roda.

The case stems from Brown's failure to perform at the INC's New Year's party at the Philippine Arena on Dec. 31,2014.

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According to reports, MDC has paid Brown and Roda in full, a total of $70,000 for the singer and $ 87,500 for Roda. Since they failed to fulfill their commitment, MDC decided to file the estafa case against them.

Brown can only leave the country after he secures an emigration clearance certificate from DOJ, which will only be given to him after the requirements for lifting the lookout order are completed.

READ: Chris Brown rants on video 'what's going on?'

He was supposed to have a show in Hong Kong Wednesday night. He also canceled his show on Saturday in Jakarta due to safety reasons. - Joyce Jimenez


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